Southwestern Community College
MIchelle Kinzel holds an M.S, in Geography from Oregon State University , and a B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University. Her graduate work included research on 'Using Geovisualizations in Education' http://marinecoastalgis.net/michelle09 and the completion of a Graduate Science Certificate in GIScience. She currently creates curriculum and training materials for educators and conservation workers. She teaches GIS, Remote Sensing and Physical Geography at San Diego Mesa College http://www.sdmesa.edu/students/academic-programs/gis/ and Southwestern College in San Diego, Ca.
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Course Modules (7)
Ocean Sustainability part of Ocean Sustainability
This two- to three-week, six-unit module introduces the importance of oceans, basic ocean processes, and impacts of human activity on ocean health. It aims to increase awareness of our dependence on and ...
Unit 6: Ocean Preservation: Sustaining Our Oceanic Resources part of Ocean Sustainability
Students are introduced to the concept of geoengineering, "the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system, in order to moderate global warming" (The Royal Society). The goal is ...
Unit 1: Ocean Introduction part of Ocean Sustainability
In this unit, students explore the role of ocean circulation in climate modification and bioproductivity. The activities require students to interpret the effect of horizontal and vertical seawater movement on heat ...
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Unit 3: Oceans As Habitat: Sustaining Life in the Ocean part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will be able to identify the functional roles that organisms play in ocean ecosystems. How do human-induced changes in ocean conditions affect biodiversity, and thereby the health and resilience of a coral ...
Unit 2: Ocean Conditions: Ancient to Modern part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will be provided with seawater pH and carbon dioxide concentration (pCO2) data spanning as far back as 1850. They will describe trends in pH, pCO2 and atmospheric CO2 concentration, outline why these ...
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Unit 5: Oceans in Protection: Marine Protected Areas part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will review current ocean pressures related to overfishing and human impacts on ocean ecosystems. By examining data collected in relation to the presence of marine reserves, students will explore long-term ...
Unit 4: Oceans In Peril: Pressures on Ocean Ecosystems part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will read and summarize an article that details scientific studies on behavioral changes of gray whales. Discussed are their feeding behavior, migratory behavior, and breeding patterns in the Pacific. ...
Maps as Scientific Tools part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This lesson is designed to reinforce the basic skill sets and concepts introduced in Lessons 1‐3 of this module. Students will use the steps of the Geographic Approach to explore data sets and images in a ...
The Amazing Race Geocache part of Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This hands on activity sends participants along a pre-determined course, using handheld GPS units, clues, and math skills to search out visual locations. Students compete in teams using basic functions of a Garmin ...
Swimming in Oil: The Impact, Aftermath and Alternatives to Oil Spills part of GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Michelle Kinzel, San Diego Mesa College Summary This activity introduces students to basic functions and features of ArcGIS software and explores principles of a GIS and data set manipulations, using observational ...
Journey Across the Pacific part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This second introductory lesson in GeoMapApp exposes students to bathymetrical survey methods and allows them to explore different bathymetric features of the Pacific Ocean using GeoMapApp. Activity includes both ...
Tracking the Gentle Giants part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This third lesson in GeoMapApp uses data on whale habitats to familiarize students with using GeoMapApp to analyze scientific data sets.
Data Detectives part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This final lesson in the GeoMapApp course teaches students to use geospatial technology as a key method in finding answers to environmental problems.
GIS 120 Introduction to Remote Sensing part of GIS and Remote Sensing:Courses
GISG 120 introduces students to the basics of remote sensing applications, characteristics of remote sensors, electromagnetic radiation and its interactions with remote sensing media, visual interpretation of ...
Introduction to Remote Sensing part of Online Teaching:Online Courses
This course introduces students to the basics of remote sensing, characteristics of remote sensors, and remote sensing applications in academic disciplines and professional industries. Emphasis is placed on image ...
Conservation GIS part of Course Design:Goals Database
This course is designed to prepare conservation workers and scientists how to acquire, organize and manipulate geographic information using GIS technology.
Michelle Kinzel part of Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University What are the key issues related to the role of the affective domain in teaching geoscience that you would like to engage at the workshop? The key issues I would ...
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Michelle Kinzel: Using Ocean Sustainability in GEO 101 — Introduction to Physical Geography at Southwestern College part of Ocean Sustainability
This module was piloted with a dynamic and enthusiastic group of non-majors students in a science course. These students began the semester with trepidation and a fear of science, and after completing this unit, they were confident in speaking and writing about ocean sciences and issues of sustainability. I am confident these modules help develop strong environmental stewards who are empowered to make good citizen decisions regarding our oceans.